2017 harvest – 14 september


Nuits’ Clos de l’Arlot , this afternoon…

Although I ‘did’ Nuits and Chambolle yesterday, I’m a sucker for a nice view – so today, the team of l’Arlot were at it again, plus more again in the swathe of vines (Premeaux) south of Nuits close to Les St.Georges. As I pulled off the D974, direction Chambolle, I was planning to take the Route des Grands Crus into Morey – but had to double-back as a delivery truck was blocking the road. The detour through the vines brought me to a team from Boisset, picking some Chambolle villages.

Onward to Morey, and it was deathly calm, even the winery of Domaine Ponsot seemed becalmed. Then the Route des Grands Crus once more towards Gevrey-Chambertin. Again silent – only one team could be seen picking – just below Griotte-Chambertin – so I assume in villages Aux Etelois. This important stretch of vines between Morey and Gevrey seemed, maybe, half-picked. I stopped just before the town of Gevery, the other side of the road to Mazis-Chambertin to look at the vines. Here is En Pallud and La Perrière. Like in Grands Echézeaux, yesterday, some vines looked to be be supporting as much as a dozen bunches of grapes – just a little smaller berries and with less rot here though. I walked for a while through the centre of Gevrey-Chambertin but all seemed becalmed – virtually no-one to quiz.

The Côte St.Jacques was empty apart from just one team from Domaine Philippe Seguin who were bringing in grapes from a seemingly quite high parcel of Lavaux St.Jacques. A team from Faiveley were on a smoke-break, just the other side of the main road.

Back in the car I took the vineyard road towards Brochon, Fixin and Marsannay beyond. Brochon was quiet, though one team were at work high on the hillside of Gevrey Les Evocelles – maybe from Vougeraie. Fixin was very quiet until exiting the village where a small team were hard at work in Fixin Le Village. Marsannay was also quiet – here it looked like around two-thirds of the grapes have been harvested – The Château de Marsannay were busy triaging but I saw no teams in the vines on this (Couchey) side of the village – but in the direction of Grasses Têtes, Clos de Jeu and Charme aux Prêtres many teams were at work – the number of people in the vines slowly petering out from Longeroies to Clos du Roy – and here I turned round and headed back to Beaune…

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